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Food from childhood you cannot eat

I made hamburger helper tonight. The stroganoff variety. I liked it as a kid, doctored up with sour cream and Worcestershire sauce. I have basically been sick ever since. What foods did you eat when you were young that you can't tolerate now?

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  1. <I have basically been sick ever since>

    What do you mean by "sick"?

    There are foods which I no longer able to find and therefore cannot eat, but that is not what you were referring.

    I cannot think of any food which I used to able to eat, but no longer able to. I suppose the one that comes closest is the Chuck E Cheese pizza, maybe. I had fond memories of going to Chuck E. Cheese as a kid. Then, I stopped going for decades. About 4 years ago, I decided to walk into one. What a revelation! I hate the pizza there.

    I don't know if the pizza quality has taken a major drive, or that the pizza was always bad and I just didn't notice it when I was a kid.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      Basically, I've felt bad since eating it. Belly ache and headache.

      1. re: deputygeorgie

        Coming from a meat eating family In my childhood and having been "off the hoof" for over 30 years, I concur that changes in diet can render one intolerant. I had a medium-sized cheeseburger with my nephew four years ago and experienced 30 hours of abdominal discomfort. Also, after a significant gallbladder attack during Super Bowl of 1990, I no longer eat triple-stuffed cheese pizza. Both the burger (and more than one) and multiple slices of cheese pizza were well tolerated in my youth but no more.

        1. re: deputygeorgie

          This is weird. Why was my response to you get deleted? Anyway, I just wanted to say that I wasn't sure if you meant "sick" as in "tried of" something. Thanks for your answer.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            By clue! I didn't even realize anyone else had responded. I wish I was just tired of it but I ended up not being able to look that stroganoff in the eye.

          2. re: deputygeorgie

            too much sodium and added sour cream will make you sick

        2. Probably a lot of foods. Kids cuisines (frozen TV dinner for kids) I used to have them for lunch a lot, but seeing them on the shelves now, they look disgusting. Oscar Meyer Bologna used to be a treat for me when I'd go to a friend's house since my Mom never bought it, but it grosses me out now. McChickens from McDonalds. I used to enjoy them in all their mayonnaise goodness ( hate mayo now) and the chicken is suspect. Probably a lot of processed chicken products. Any frozen chicken nuggets I used to eat and love as a kid, I'm sure after examining the meat I wouldn't touch now. Regular Coke! I'm addicted to Diet now and no longer like the taste of regular.

          I never had hamburger helper often enough as a kid to remember it, but I'm pretty sure I'd find it more palatable today than the other things I mentioned above. Also, I can definitely still tolerate Chuck E Cheese pizza. I'm sure if I can eat frozen ones, I can eat their's.

          1. Miracle Whip
            Green bean casserole
            Wonder Bread
            Popcorn with milk for breakfast
            Cool Whip
            Jello "salads"
            Powdered milk
            Rubbery American "cheese"
            Campbell's tomato soup
            Instant Rice
            Hungry Man fried chicken dinner (ok - so this was a college stoner staple - still in my "youth" lol)

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            1. re: nlgardener

              I am pretty sure I could still put down a Hungry Man Fried Chicken under the right circumstances I just don't buy them anymore - if one was in my freezer there is all likelihood it would get eaten - but yes they are terrible especially when nuked.

              1. re: JTPhilly

                I buy a Hungry Man Fried Chicken dinner about once a year for pure nostalgia and deliciousness then sit in a salt and carb stupor for 12 hours afterward.

              2. re: nlgardener

                Ditto on Miracle Whip.

                Nothing else comes to mind.

              3. Sardines. My father would mash them up, put them on Silvercup bread, add a liitle ketchup, and we'd devour them. I remember liking it. Wouldn't go near a sardine now - with or without ketchup.

                Canned macaroni of any variety.

                Cocoa puffs.

                Cream cheese and jelly sandwiches. A Bizarro-world concoction if there ever was one. Yuck.

                1. I can't think of any "cannot eat" foods but plenty of "don't eat" foods. Kraft mac and cheese, velveeta, TV dinners, diet soda, chocolate milk, and more.

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                  1. re: tcamp

                    Agreed. The OP seems to have meant foods which result in some form of illness or discomfort but most of the responses cite things the idea of which the responder now finds offputting, and has not tasted in years.

                    When I was younger, I knew that I would have cramps and the runs soon after eating blueberries, strawberries, or pancake syrup. Never stopped me from eating them, just meant only having them at home. I haven't had trouble with them in over 30 yrs (now in my 60's). There are certainly things I used to ear that I *don't* now, but nothing that I *can't*, as long as I follow a high-fiber diet and don't eat close to bedtime.

                  2. I won't say food from my childhood so much as food from my life that as I get older I cannot eat anymore, especially as a late meal or dinner.

                    Onions....anything with too many onions will have me up all night.

                    Tomato/red sauce, same thing...too much acid.

                    Soda/carbonated beverages of any kind at any time of the day no longer result in a pleasant experience for me, or those in a room with me. ((wink wink))

                    Espresso......God I love my espresso....but at night it will repeat on me. I have noticed though if I cut it with enough sambucca it seems to help cure the after affects.

                    I've actually diagnosed myself with ulcers. I was having a real bad time a couple weeks ago with daily agida/heartburn but on an atomic level, anything I ate or drank, including water would burn and repeat on me. I just finished a 2 week dosage of Prevacid and knock on wood have been fine, although I haven't really "pushed" it by trying any of the above listed items. I'm hoping this break from the constant heartburn continues.

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                    1. re: jrvedivici

                      If you have a chronic minor cough and are hoarse in the morning, try diagnosing yourself with Barrett's esophagus rather than ulcers....unless you don't mean stomach ulcers.

                      1. re: greygarious

                        I was going to mention that but wanted to avoid any medical chatter. However, since you brought it up, if that returns jrvedivici, you should really get it checked it. Barrett's is the leading cause of esophageal cancer in America, just FYI, not to be a fear monger.

                        1. re: greygarious

                          No cough what so ever and not horse in the morning either. Thank you very much for the heads up/concern. I'm fairly sure they are stomach ulcers from my research.

                          1. re: jrvedivici

                            Hopefully the Prevacid knocked out those buggy bacteria :)

                            1. re: jrvedivici

                              Please please have your dr check it out- internet self diagnosis isn't yet 100% accurate. ;)

                              1. re: Ttrockwood

                                Sometime (and quiet often) that Dr are not 100% accurate. In fact, I had to tell my doctor what tests (blood work) were needed to diagnose/narrow down my potential disease. In my case, it turned out to be nothing, but his initial order of the test was incomplete. I had to follow up and point it out to him.

                                Self diagnosis can be very powerful.

                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                  If I do wind up going to the Dr. maybe you can come with me CK!?!?! Hold my hand if I have to get a shot!

                                  1. re: jrvedivici

                                    I have a feeling that your wife won't be very happy if I hold your hand. :)

                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                      I'm pretty sure my wife would let you have me in swap for a good soup recipe.

                                  2. re: Ttrockwood

                                    I have had pretty good luck with internet self diagnosis.....one time I was nauseous every morning for about two weeks, the first thing to cross my mind was "Oh God it's morning sickness" then I looked on line and found out, I'm a guy so it's definitely not that! Just a touch of the flu!

                                    But thank you again for your concern, so far so good. Day 3 since end of the 2 week treatment and no issues at this point. (fingers crossed)

                              2. re: jrvedivici

                                If you are having acid reflux issues you really should consult a physician (if you are not already). My brother's MIL lived with the problem for years and ended up with esophageal cancer.

                                1. re: John E.

                                  I, too, agree with seeing a physician. I had surgery several years ago in which they finally discovered 2 problems. 1st - Hiatal Hernia, which they repaired and 2nd - severe acid reflux (which had me tossing cookies every day for month's). They ended up repairing the hernia and also put a mesh around the bottom of my esophagus which has stopped the reflux. I eat small meals now, but it was so worth it. I felt like I had morning sickness for months (and I am no spring chicken and pregnancy is impossible anyway). I can't say enough - check with your Dr. I am so much better off now. thank heavens.

                                  1. re: boyzoma

                                    I also read somewhere that ulcers are not caused by stress, but by bactetia. I guess stress makes things worse however.

                                    My eldest brother had acid reflux. He had to stop drinking coffee which caused headaches, but he got the proper medication and seems to be ok.

                                    1. re: John E.

                                      This is true, hence my statement above "Hopefully the Prevacid knocked out those buggy bacteria :)."

                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                        Helicobacter pylori is the bacterium that causes ulcers and also some types of gastrointestinal cancer. It can be eliminated by a 2 week course that involves taking a couple of antibiotics and some pepto-bismol (whose taste IMHO is disgusting). I've never had this problem but I think that 2 weeks suffering through the cure is worth it. I believe the mortality rate from g.i. cancer is above 90% within 2 years.

                                        1. re: kagemusha49

                                          I call them helicopters (I spend my days as a GI pathologist) and yes it is a leading cause of esophageal cancer in the US but again I only alluded to it as it's not really the topic of this thread and jrvedivici seems to have figured out an OTC treatment.

                                        2. re: fldhkybnva

                                          Prevacid is a proton pump inhibitor, not an antibiotic. A simple test can show if you're growing h.pylori in your stomach, in which case all the Prevacid in the world won't help, and could actually hurt you, since the extremely low ph of gastric acid is what keeps a lot of bacteria at bay. Raise your gastric ph and you're inviting germs to travel relatively unhindered through your stomach.

                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                            All true but the topic ended because medical advice is inappropriate. The discussion was not of actual treatments.

                                  2. re: jrvedivici

                                    If you are having any kind of acid reflux, a shot of unfiltered apple cider vinegar (must have the "mother") 3X a day for two weeks completely cured me and it's never come back :)

                                    1. re: schrutefarms

                                      Knock on wood my stomach has held up now 1 week post the 2 week Prevacid treatment. Last night was actually a fairly good test, I had espresso after dinner as well as a Grand Marnier (I haven't been able to enjoy that in a long, long time) and my belly was fine!!

                                      I will keep the apple cider in mind God forbid the need arises again. What do you mean by "must have the mother"?

                                      1. re: jrvedivici

                                        "Must have the mother" = unfiltered, unpasteurized like Bragg's brand ACV.

                                        I have no idea if it helps acid reflux, but I love vinegar, drink it regularly. It's a little different than your usual beverage of choice I think jrvedivici. I drink it straight up which I wouldn't advise for many reasons, if anyone feels the need to drink ACV might want to mix with some water and swish afterwards.

                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                          Make sure it's apple cider VINEGAR, not just apple cider :) although that would be a nice treat!! If you go into any health food store or if you have a Whole Foods, pick up a bottle of Braggs apple cider vinegar--it says on the label that it contains the "mother" (which is a cloudy, thick looking sunstance in the vinegar that is not filtered out and contains all the things which make apple cider vinegar so great and healing!) It also helps with weight loss, halitosis, it puts shine in your hair and is great on salads!

                                          1. re: schrutefarms

                                            Thanks, I'll look into this if it comes back. (fingers crossed it doesn't) How long has it been since you've done it and been worry free?

                                            1. re: jrvedivici

                                              Hope it doesn't come back for you!! I had it about 6 years ago, only the one time, but it was really painful and uncomfortable, and it's never come back since. I still always have it on hand though, for cooking and the occasional shot.

                                              1. re: schrutefarms

                                                This came up in another thread. It is interesting how GERD is alleviated by something as acidic as vinegar. When I had it, I also noticed that good pickles really helped. Some people think that neutralizers, like Tums, actually cause the stomach to try to increase acid production (acid rebound). The stomach ecosystem is complicated. I quit drinking wine, and that helped. Haven't had it for years.

                                                To stay on topic:

                                                Karo corn syrup. I remember putting it on pancakes when we were out of syrup; thought it was the best damn thing I ever had.

                                                Angelo's Pizza. We would go to this pizza place, and the crust was bready and sweet. I wonder if it was really crap and since I was just a kid, I loved it. Personally, I don't think that one can love pizza as an adult in the same way one loved it as a kid. We are on an eternal search for that missing part of us.

                                                Ramen Noodles. They "came out" when I was a young teenager. My dad and I couldn't believe that they could possible be done in three minutes, so we cooked them for 12 minutes the first time. After that, we stuck with the directions. The funny thing is I still eat the cheap ones several times a week, doctoring them up.

                                      2. pickled pigs feet. The local butcher used to keep a big jar of them on the meat counter. Every now and then my mother would buy me one. I used to think they were delicious.

                                        1. Because of Silent Acid Reflux - tomatoes (absolutely love them and were part of my everyday diet), citrus (ditto), carbonated beverages, etc. Stopped eating anything tomato for quite a while. Broke down the other night and had pizza - had indigestion all night and into the morning. It was good pizza but not worth it. Neither of my two guys had a problem so it wasn't the pizza.

                                          1. Anything in a can from Chef Boy-Ar-Dee. "American" Cheese. Pop-Tarts.

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                                            1. re: shaogo

                                              God, Pop Tarts are awful! I didn't even like them much as a kid

                                            2. We never had much convenience food in the house growing up but I remember on occasion enjoying canned pasta like spaghetti-Os or sugar cereal like Lucky Charms would not think to eat them now - canned soup like Chicken and Stars I find really yucky now too. I did used to get very excited about Old El Paso Taco kit night - a rare occasional treat - blech and why? Its just not so hard to make tacos without a kit of salty seasoning and stale (usually broken) shells.

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                                              1. re: JTPhilly

                                                Ohhhh......I still enjoy Old El Paso Taco kit tacos. Loved them as a kid, and still do. There's nothing really like them. It's not my favorite type of taco, but I still crave and enjoy them to this day.

                                                1. re: JTPhilly

                                                  I used to love spaghetti o's as a child. A few years ago, I had surgery and couldn't eat anything firm. So on a whim I bought a can of the stuff. After a couple of bites, I tossed the stuff! It was awful. Right along with the "Chef Boyardee" mac and cheese. Blech! I also used to love "Noodles Romanoff" and found an online recipe for replication. Another epic failure.

                                                  On another note, I grew up in a Mom & Pop grocery store (our house was attached), so there was almost anything at our disposal.

                                                2. Pickled Beets
                                                  Miracle Whip
                                                  Canned Salmon
                                                  TV Dinners (Swanson variety)
                                                  Fish Sticks

                                                  1. Chocolate-covered citrus peels. I think I only ate the peels because they were coated in chocolate.

                                                    Many canned soups.

                                                    Pot pies without lobster...

                                                    1. La Choy. You know, that nasty chop suey in a can? Even though we had some lovely and authentic Chinese food on the regular as a kid, I still loved La Choy and begged for it on trips to the grocery store. Now I know why my mom only rarely indulged me. It is so bad! I bought some for laughs a few years ago and just could not stomach it after a few bites.

                                                      1. Peanut butter. I feel it in my chest all day.

                                                        Cukes, peppers, repeat on me but I still eat them.

                                                        Tomato sauce.

                                                        Beef broth, sometimes if I eat onion soup with beef broth, oy.

                                                        1. Sugared breakfast cereals.
                                                          They all taste much too sweet to me now.

                                                          I remember spooning sugar on top of corn flakes and drinking the sugar slurry leftover in the bowl. No way I can stomach that now. Fond memories though. :-)

                                                          1. Sauerkraut. And boiled pork ribs.
                                                            Was part of a weekly regimen of mom crafted foods I still abhore.
                                                            Same for me with corned beef and cabbage.

                                                            Yet I;m good with cole slaw and sweet purple German braised cabagge though.

                                                            Grew up eating calves liver with bacon and onions and lost touch with it but now I love it.

                                                            I'm just not a food phobe. Sorry.

                                                            Love me my Cap'n Crunch w/milk on the weekends and Chef Bor-R Dee and Blue Box Kraft mac and cheese when i need a big "food hug".

                                                            As mentioned above, I do also do Hamburger Helper maybe once every 3 months, but am always disappointed , but it's fine as a lunch packer to eat up.

                                                            I;ve weened myself off of most of what I've eaten growing up aside from the healthy stuff.

                                                            Moosewood cookbook gift post college was a revelation to me.

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                                                            1. re: jjjrfoodie

                                                              +1 for "food hug". Sometimes that's really all/what you need.

                                                              1. re: jjjrfoodie

                                                                I really like 'food hug'. I think that's what I was going for with the Hamburger Helper.

                                                                1. re: jjjrfoodie

                                                                  You should make your own hamburger helper. Food hug with an extra squeeze or two.

                                                                  1. The thought of rootbeer and milk doesn't strike my fancy so much anymore.

                                                                      1. re: kagemusha49

                                                                        OMG - you just made me spit out my wine! LOL. Thank you for the yucks.

                                                                      2. Pop tarts. I've never really loved them but now I find them disgusting and cruddy.

                                                                        Pizza Hut Pizza - Was it better back in the 80's or was I just a kid?

                                                                        Kraft Mac & Cheese - No way. My mom stopped giving it to us midway through our childhood and started making home made baked mac and cheese. So much better

                                                                        Cold Hotdogs

                                                                        Chef Boyardee anything.

                                                                        Fish Sticks but as a kid I would only eat them with tarter sauce when all the rest of the kids would eat them with ketchup. I still love tarter sauce.

                                                                        Deviled Ham Sandwiches, my brother still loves them. I tease him and call them cat food sandwiches.

                                                                        that white cheesy popcorn in a chip bag stuff. gahhhh! What was I thinking.

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                                                                        1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                                                          Chef Boyardee was a real treat as a kid. Now I think I'd find it sickly sweet and mushy.
                                                                          I do, however, LOVE the white cheesy popcorn and manage to make a mess of myself whenever I indulge.

                                                                          1. re: monavano

                                                                            I love the white cheesy popcorn and have asked for it to be banned from the house.

                                                                        2. Gordon's Codfish Cakes in a can. We sliced them in four, griddled them in butter in a cast iron griddle and served them all buttery crusty, steaming hot on toasted Arnold bread with Hellman's mayo.

                                                                          They no longer make them. I would love to taste them again and see if they are repulsive.

                                                                            1. re: emglow101

                                                                              Oh totally. Remember the fat cap on that thing?

                                                                            2. I would add darn near most of the cereals I ate as a kid- cavities in a bowl!

                                                                              1. Calves liver with onions. Venison in any form. Fresh oyster stew or oyster stuffing ( love smoked oysters).Lamb in any form. Salmon croquettes. Stewed tomatoes. Scalloped corn. Vienna sausages in a can. Canned raviolis and canned spaghetti-o's.

                                                                                1. Creamed corn

                                                                                  Broiled eels (I didn't mind it then, but seeing them today at the fish counter makes my skin crawl)

                                                                                  1. Among my finest childhood creations are A1 sauce on untoasted white bread and baloney rolled around Miracle Web.

                                                                                    Milk to drink. I just think it is kind of bizarre now.

                                                                                    We ate pretty well when I was a kid and cooked a lot of our meals after age 9 but those two really stick out.

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                                                                                    1. re: JudiAU

                                                                                      yea, me too with the baloney around miracle whip and the milk to drink. Could not do it now. Adn I drank gallons of whole milk as a kid.

                                                                                    2. Whole milk. I get physically ill, it's awful. Even 2% affects me. But I can drink as much fat free milk now as I'd like. Better for me, anyway! Fortunately or unfortunately, not all fat makes me sick, lol.

                                                                                      1. Also, ultra-chocolately foods. Any chocolate other than milk chocolate (and sometimes that does too) gives me migraines. :(

                                                                                        1. Soft-cooked eggs. Mom made them for breakfast and never cooked them long enough so the whites weren't set all the way. Huge ick factor at 7 years old. I would plead with her to cook them until the yolk had a green ring around it.

                                                                                          1. American "cheese"
                                                                                            Vienna sausage and mayo sandwiches
                                                                                            Sugary cereals

                                                                                            1. Tinned rice pudding and Weetabix.

                                                                                              Although I suppose they are both "won't eat", rather than "can't eat", as I'm fortunate that there's nothing I can't eat.

                                                                                              1. Didn't like them then, would rather go hungry than again eat:

                                                                                                Roman Meal bread
                                                                                                Scrambled cottage cheese and eggs
                                                                                                Non-fat dry milk

                                                                                                My dad used to make milk toast for himself if he was feeling ill, and tuna in white sauce over toast for lunch on the weekends sometimes. When the tuna stuff came out, I'd have to leave the house.